Control Your Data Security: The Shared Responsibility Model

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Professional Firms

If your firm is serious about data security and you want to move to cloud IaaS, AWS offers the most control.  But with control comes responsibility.  While AWS ensures the security OF the cloud, you must ensure your security IN the cloud.  Get a good summary of how it works with this great AWS video on the Shared Responsibility Security …

AWS Managed Policies

Amazon Web Service releases new IAM managed policy tool

Lee Hylton All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Featured, Newsroom

Amazon Web Services (AWS) released a new managed policy tool for IAM users in the management console.  This new tool allows an administrator to select from pre-built policy templates, easily applying the desired  permission set to IAM objects. This represents a vast improvement over the older JSON code driven templates that existed before.  An administrator can use this tool to add …

Workmail, Workdocs and Workspaces: AWS Moves Further Up The Stack

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Law Firms, Professional Firms, Uncategorized

Yesterday AWS announced the preview of Workmail, an Outlook-compatible email and calendaring service priced at $4 per mailbox and scheduled to launch in 2Q 2015. When the news broke, most of the talk was AWS was becoming distracted by the success of Office 365 and embarking on an impossible bid to unseat Microsoft Office 365. But when you dig a …

AWS Introduces Workmail Preview

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, High Performance Applications, Newsroom

Today AWS introduced the preview of Workmail, a fully Outlook compatible email and calendaring service accessible from anywhere and priced at $4 per user per month.  Combined with workspaces could it give Office 365 a run for its money? Stay tuned as we test for comparison of features and performance.

The IaaS Provider With Highest Up Time: The Other Half Of The Story

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Featured, Microsoft Azure

Brandon Butler of Network World is one of my favorite bloggers on cloud topics. His post comparing up time of the major cloud providers in 2014, highlights the CloudHarmony statistics comparing nearly every major provider.  He gives a great non-biased presentation of the numbers, which speak for themselves. CloudHarmony maintains a single web server in each region or availability zone …

Are Cloud Desktops Here to Stay?

Kenneth Johnson Accounting Firms, All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Law Firms, Professional Firms, Uncategorized

Certainly the most popular product requested by our clients are desktops in the cloud.   Law firms and other companies that have distributed workforces or the need to work “on the go” love the convenience of remote desktop access.  While Blue Sentry offers a high performance and economical cloud desktop that can even be HIPAA compliant if necessary, there are many …

Was Gordon Moore Arguing for Cloud IaaS in 1965?

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Cloud Technology, Microsoft Azure

The other day over lunch a client and I were discussing Cloud IT and he observed that Moore’s Law demanded that his company adopt cloud IaaS.  I had never thought of Moore’s Law in this context, but after that lunch I see it in a new light.  Most people know that Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of Intel proposed his now …

The Forecast is Cloudy for HIPAA-Covered Entities

Kenneth Johnson All Firms, Amazon Web Services, Featured, Security & Compliance

As the popularity of all things “cloud” is skyrocketing, more and more industries are considering adoption of cloud technology. For the healthcare industry, HIPAA compliance presents some unique obstacles to enjoying the benefits of cloud IaaS. In addition to the requirements that apply to all HIPAA data processing, two specific requirements present challenges to would-be cloud adopters: All applications which …